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Crufts Show Dogs Disqualified
Canine controversy erupts into blame game
Crufts 2012 best in show Lhasa Apso
England’s most prestigious dog show, Crufts, is now also its most controversial. This past weekend,  several Best of Breed winners were disqualified after health inspections by an independent veterinary surgeon. Of 15 so-called “high profile” breeds (out of more than 200 breeds entered) required to undergo a veterinary exam, six breed winners  failed: the Basset Hound, Bulldog, Clumber Spaniel, ...
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Online Dog Training
It's convenient and can save you time and money
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If you could train your dog at home, would you do it? Trainers around the world are betting on it! Online dog training is a hot trend. Costs vary, but when you consider the savings in travel time and gas money, convenience pays. Need basic obedience or behavior help? Check out CyberDog or E-Training for Dogs, founded by Cheryl Asmus-Aguiar, Ph.D. Classes and webinars are available by subject....
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NBC Anchor Bitten On-Air by Rescued Dog
Tragedy should serve to educate about responsible dog ownership
You may have seen the feel-good footage of a fireman who pulled a dog out of icy waters on Tuesday, February 7. Or the viral video of the same dog biting a news anchor live on TV the very next day when he and his owner were reunited with the rescuer. Viewers are shaking their heads and pointing their fingers. Some say the dog is to blame. After all, anchorwoman Kyle Dyer, of NBC’s KUSA Denver...
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Dog Walker Tased By Ranger
He broke law by allowing dogs off leash
Gary Hesterberg was enjoying a walk with his two small dogs at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) when he was confronted by a park ranger. She cited him for allowing his dogs to be off leash. Witnesses claim he put both dogs on leash and complied with her request for personal identification. Yet, the ranger tased Hesterberg in the back as he walked away. GGNRA officials claim he...
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Does Your Dog Have an Underbite?
Showing teeth can be cute
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I love a dog with an underbite. There's something inherently sweet about it. My rescue Dutch Shepherd, Ginger Peach, shows her lower teeth when she’s relaxed. Her goofy grin reminds me of our late Catahoula, Desoto. He had an underbite that could charm anybody. He’d go up to a complete stranger, reveal those baby bottom teeth and offer his paw, like he wanted to shake on an agreement that he’d...
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The Most Incredible Sit Stay of All Time
Tiger is one patient dog
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Food on my dog; we've all seen it, usually by chance after a particularly frenzied mealtime. Often, it's done on purpose as a stupid pet trick. A meaty treat is carefully placed atop the dog's snout. The person tiptoes away, hand outstretched, saying, "Staaay, staaaay," until finally, either the dog or the audience can't take it anymore. "Okay!" Upon hearing the magical release word, the dog...
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Rescue Reveals Tragedy
Kayaker pulls traumatized dog out of water
Barney Vizsla rescue kayak fisherman
A fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico was shocked when a dog appeared beside his kayak, far from shore. In this video, you can see him pull the Vizsla to safety and comfort the shivering canine. At first, he thought the dog was cold but after seeing bleeding cuts, he realized the dog was traumatized. The mystery was solved when the kayaker heard on the news that a woman, Donna Chen, had been...
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Family Dog Killed by Wildlife Trap
Owners Sue U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services
My heart breaks for Doug and Denise McCurtain of Gresham, Ore., near Portland. This past August, their beloved seven-year-old Border Collie, Maggie, got caught in a nutria trap and suffered a horrific death. The McCurtains had been warned by their neighborhood association that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services was setting out traps to control a nuisance nutria population....
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Comforting Dogs in Their Final Hours
Volunteers spend the night with dogs slated for euthanasia
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Could you spend the night comforting shelter dogs scheduled to be euthanized the next morning? The Compassion Program, based out of New York's Animal Care and Control in Manhattan, is comprised of nine volunteers who take turns sleeping over with death row dogs. Whether it's a long walk, a special treat, playing with a toy or being cuddled, they ensure that every dog spends his last hours being...
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The Buck Stops Here
Dogs and deer don't mix
When friends and family complain about pesky wildlife, I can’t resist reminding them that we've invaded their habitat. Even when skunks burrowed beneath our chicken coop or chipmunks squatted in our garage, my biggest concern was saving their poor furry souls from our prey-driven pack. That summer rabbits raided our vegetable garden? I didn’t mind eating cookies instead of salad for dinner. (...

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